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Posted on: April 4, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Job Skills Jam Opens Employment Door for Teens

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Eugene Recreation and Human Resources Divisions have teamed up to present a “Jobs Skills Jam” for high school-age teens from 3:15-5 p.m., April 10, at Echo Hollow Pool. Each year Recreation recruits dozens of volunteers to assist with its summer camps, swimming lessons, outdoor programs and many other summer activities.

Unlike a jobs fair, attendees at the Job Skills Jam will not be applying for summer employment. Instead, the event is intended to encourage teens to volunteer in Recreation. With the experience, skills, and connections they gain as a volunteer, they will be better prepared to compete successfully for an entry-level job with the City or another organization in the future.

At the Jobs Skills Jam, teens will learn about volunteer opportunities available this summer with these Recreation programs:
• River House Outdoor Program ?volunteers are needed who have solid skills in outdoor recreation, including rafting, kayaking, sailing, skiing, hiking, and challenge course facilitation.
• Aquatics Programs ?At Amazon Pool, and at Echo Hollow and Sheldon Pools and Fitness Centers and Pools volunteers are needed to help with special events and to assist instructors in the learn-to-swim programs.
• Teen Court ?Teens age 12-17 serve as jurors, case presenters, defendant advisors, court clerks and bailiffs, and Spanish language interpreters. Volunteers attend hearings and recommend consequences for first-time juvenile offenders, and help their peers accept responsibility for crimes, using the concept of restorative justice.
• Recreation Classes and Summer Camps? at Peterson Barn and Amazon Community Centers, volunteers are needed to help in child care programs, summer camps, field trips and special events, working with individuals age from 2 ½ to adult.

Human Resources staff will also help attendees at the Job Skills Jam by providing tips on resume writing, completing job applications, being interviewed, etc.

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